Being single for the New Year is always a topic amongst girlfriends at the end of the year. Truthfully, one of the of the things that I have put on my goal list for the last 7 years, is to continue to prepare myself to be found by the perfect man for me. While it may be said that this may not be a big deal for some women, it is surely on the minds of others. Every year around this time, we wonder if this will be the year for us to be in a fully committed relationship in this culture. When out with our girlfriends, if we are single, the topic of who we are dating or what we are looking for arises. We wonder if there are any men who truly believe in marriage and relationships. We watch as women are proposed to during the holidays and tear up because we are excited for those who have been found by love. We then take our single selves back to the “wait”. We don’t just want any relationship, we want the one that “complements” us. I have to be transparent for a moment, this year, I became engaged in January. The presentation was amazing. He flew me to New York and proposed on the top of the Rockefeller Center. I was excited about spending my life together as one. I held my hand up with my new diamond, proud to say, I said yes! Unfortunately, something happened that made me have to make a very hard decision about this relationship. I had to decide if I was going to accept what was and settle or call it off and save myself from the possibility of hurt in the future. I chose me and did the latter. In less than six months, I went from engaged to single again. As with any relationship and its failure, you begin to wonder what, if anything, you could have been done differently. You start to question if you may have moved a little too quickly or if you really knew the person you were dating. Then you come to grips with the reality of it simply being over.
At the end of this relationship, I took an inventory on my expectations to ensure that they weren’t too high or unattainable. As I wrote them down, I realized that I didn’t have that many and they were very simple. I want a man who has his own personal relationship with God who can cover us-this helps me to be okay with submitting- It means that he seeks God first and that helps me know that I can follow him. He must be honest, no matter how much he feels that his mistakes may hurt me. I must know that he respects me enough to not lie to me. That creates a “best friend” and an unbreakable bond. We also must be able to connect on an intellectual level so that we are not easily bored with each other. He doesn’t have to be rich financially, but he needs to be working and able to maintain his finances responsibly and understand what it means to live within his reach. I need a man who is dreaming consistently and working hard to obtain his dream. Attentive and romantic, I like just because things. A note, roses, something that shows me you are thinking of me. Be creative, I prefer you find a way to give me the best $20 date than trying to show me that you can ball out on me. He must also love to travel. I am always ready to see the world and I want my significant other to be ready.
This list that I consider simple isn’t simple anymore because we have fallen for what the worlds standards are in dating and relationships. Simplicity and truth are now the furthest thing on the dating list. I say to those of you who are right where I am, single and saved, God has someone in position somewhere in this world for us with all the qualities I explained and so much more.
While we wait, continue to be patient and focus on God. Date and make yourself available, understand dating doesn’t equate to sexual intimacy. It’s getting to know someone on a personal level and being open to building something more. Don’t complicate it with sex, it makes it harder for you to recognize the signs early on of a man who isn’t really the one for you.
The scripture states in (Proverbs 18:22) “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord”. We must be available to be found and that includes being mentally and spiritually whole.
Stand your ground. Don’t sway based on what is being accepted or what is considered the normal. Stick to who you are and what your desires are for a relationship. You deserve the best, but you have to be willing to give your best. If you are honest about your expectations of a relationship, no one will have any questions about what you will and will not accept. Check your list and don’t have ridiculous standards of a man and who he should be. Let his fly match your fly and then continue to grow together.
Wanting to be loved is normal, settling is not. God is prepared to give you your best, you just have to be ready to accept it.
Say to yourself,It is never too late for love, be patient. I will add love to my list every year until it happens, I am not desperate but I am open. I will remain grounded in Christ which will be my greatest weapon against my flesh. I will not subject myself to todays environment of misplaced responsibilities and misinformed directions of what love means. Loves meaning is found in (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8). I won’t settle and because of that, I will get to my happily ever after without wavering on who and what I believe.
Tire Safety Tips for Winter When Temperatures Drop
The same temperature you can begin to see your breath at 45 F—is also when the all-season tires on your car can start to lose traction and grip.
As temperatures drop, drivers should remember that if you can see your breath, you should think about winter tires. Whether you’re planning a cross-country trek or simply driving to and from work daily, exposing your vehicle’s tires to colder weather could lead to potential trouble on the road.
Snow and ice may be fun to play in, but they make for dangerous driving conditions. Winter tires are built for cold-weather conditions and deliver improved starting, stopping and steering control in temperatures 45 F and below. The difference is the tread compound of winter tires, which stays soft and pliable in colder temperatures for superior traction. Add the tread design of winter tires with thousands of extra gripping edges and you get as much as a 25-50 percent increase in traction over all-season tires.
To help stay safe on the road this winter, the experts on tires and winter driving recommend following these four tire safety tips:
- Get ready now. It is important to replace all four of your vehicle’s all-season tires with winter tires if you regularly drive in temperatures 45 F or below, snow or no snow. Winter tires are made of a softer rubber that allows the tires to stay pliable and maintain better contact with the road through winter weather conditions.
- Don’t forget the wheels. Having a set of wheels specifically for your winter tires can save you money in the long run. Pairing a separate set of wheels with your winter tires can eliminate certain changeover costs and save your everyday wheels from the wear and tear brought on by ice, slush, snow, and salt during the winter months.
- Know your numbers. Check your tire pressure at least once a month to make sure tires are at the appropriate inflation level. Temperature changes affect tire pressure – for every 10 degrees of temperature change, tire air pressure changes 1 pound per square inch. Low tire pressure can lead to decreased steering and braking control, poor gas mileage, excessive tire wear and the possibility of tire failure. Also, don’t forget to check your spare tire.
- Rotate, rotate, rotate. To help increase tread life and smooth out your ride, rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or sooner if irregular or uneven wear develops.
Your safety is important, that’s why drivers should make it a point to beat the rush by getting winter ready before the first snowstorm or cold streak of the season hits.
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Source: Discount Tire
Medicare Takes Aim at Medical Identity Theft: Protecting Seniors From Fraud
Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for personal identity theft. In 2014 alone, there were 2.6 million such incidents among seniors, according to the Department of Justice.
A growing offshoot of identity theft is healthcare fraud, which can result when someone unlawfully uses another person’s Medicare number. Medical identity theft can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which in turn can result in delayed care, denied services and costly false claims.
That’s why Medicare works with the Department of Justice, taking aim squarely at would-be thieves. In the largest law enforcement action against criminals fraudulently targeting the Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare programs, 412 people around the country, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, were charged in 2017 with bilking U.S. taxpayers out of $1.3 billion.
New Medicare Card for 2018. (Video Courtesy of YouTube)
The next big fraud-fighting push is well underway — and its focus is protecting the personal information of senior citizens by removing their Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.
People with Medicare don’t need to take any action to get a new Medicare card. Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail out newly designed Medicare cards to the 58 million Americans with Medicare. The cards will have a new number that will be unique for each card recipient. This will help protect personal identity and prevent fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. To help with a seamless transition to the new cards, providers will be able to use secure lookup tools that will support quick access to the new card numbers when needed.
Healthcare fraud drives up costs for everyone, but healthcare consumers can be an effective first line of defense against fraud. Follow these tips to help protect yourself:
- Treat your Medicare number like a credit card.
- When the new card comes in the mail next year, destroy your old card and make sure you bring your new one to your doctors’ appointments.
- Be suspicious of anyone offering early bird discounts, limited time offers or encouraging you to act now for the best deal. That’s an indicator of potential fraud because Medicare plans are forbidden from offering incentives.
- Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds too good to be true.
- Only give your Medicare number to doctors, insurers acting on your behalf or trusted people in the community who work with Medicare, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
- Report suspected instances of fraud.
- Check your Medicare statements to make sure the charges are accurate.
- Don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or approaches you in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you uninvited and request your Medicare number or other personal information.
- Don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
- Don’t allow anyone, except your doctor or other Medicare providers, to review your medical records or recommend services.
- Don’t let anyone persuade you to see a doctor for care or services you don’t need.
- Don’t accept medical supplies from a door-to-door salesman.
Learn more about how you can fight Medicare fraud at Medicare.gov/fraud, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also visit a local SHIP counselor, who can provide free, one-on-one, non-biased Medicare assistance.
With a common sense approach to protecting health information, senior citizens can be effective partners in fighting Medicare fraud.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Amazon Reveals ‘20 Cities’ That Could Be The Home Of Its Next Headquarters
Amazon has revealed 20 cities that could be the next home of its second North American headquarters, dubbed HQ2.
The candidates, selected out of 238 applicants, will move to the next round of Amazon’s selection process, the company said Thursday. Amazon will make a final decision on the site of its next headquarters this year.
The list of candidates includes Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Washington, DC, and Columbus, Ohio.
Amazon said it will work with each city to “dive deeper into their proposals, request additional information, and evaluate the feasibility of a future partnership that can accommodate the company’s hiring plans as well as benefit its employees and the local community.”
Amazon has promised a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs to the city that wins its selection process.
“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough – all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” said Holly Sullivan, head of public policy for Amazon. “Through this process, we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”
Here are all the potential candidates:
- Atlanta, GA
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Columbus, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Indianapolis, IN
- Los Angeles, CA
- Miami, FL
- Montgomery County, MD
- Nashville, TN
- Newark, NJ
- New York City, NY
- Northern Virginia, VA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Raleigh, NC
- Toronto, ON
- Washington DC
Source: Business Insider
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